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Nov 27, 2012 5:00pm EST
're not the old fashioned filibuster people remember from "mr. smith goes to washington" when senator smith stood at a desk probably about there in their mockup of the senate floor and talked himself exhausted reading from the baseball, reading from the constitution, he might have even read from the dictionary. i remember there was an old reporter up in the press gallery speaking about this and he talked about it being one of the great examples of american democracy, one lone senator able to speak until he's exhausted on pint that matters to him. people may have been frustrated by that kind of filibuster but there was at least a kind of noblity to it. the filibuster of today is very different. it's a threat from the minority party to bombard something with amendments so that it can't be managed on the floor. it's a threat to filibuster, to which the majority leader has to respond by filing cloture, and when the majority leader is forced to file cloture, the minority gets a benefit. they get 30 hours of debate. and, of course, as we've seen in the senate that 30 hours of debate is never used. it j
CSPAN
Nov 21, 2012 5:00pm EST
education or training. i spent a great deal of time at smith college when i started engineering program. and i found that all the students there were brilliant, of course. and that the course is inhumanities were rigorous and courses in science and engineering. what we were striving for there, and i think that many schools are striving for, holistically educated people that understand humanities and sciences. i think in this century, that you are going to be shortchanging yourself if you hire individuals that are only trained in the humanities that can write well, but have not been trained in quantitative thinking because they may get the first job, but they limit themselves. i just want to say this. because i have been dying to say this. for engineers, the same reason engineers go into that program, there is pressure to get the job. but we have misguided engineering students for many years because we come to engineering to get that first job. but we should tell them that we should go out there and create jobs. this is something that we have not done well in engineering. to teach the cr
CSPAN
Nov 28, 2012 12:00pm EST
chairman, lamar smith and i negotiated additional measures to be added to the legislation. i want together to produce a package of improvements that contained a modest expansion of benefit for deserving emergency medical responders. and a host of reforms to make the safety officers benefits program stronger and more effective, more cost efficient. the legislation will become one of the cornerstones of the partnership we have between the federal government and our first responders who make that partnership even stronger. in fact, the reforms that chairman smith and i developed in consultation with the department of justice and the first responder community completely offset the eliminated increase in spending. unfortunately, at that time due to an error made by the congressional budget office, the matter was dropped from the f.a.a. conference report. c.b.o. to their credit later corrected their error. they provided an official cost estimate that makes clear this legislation will result in new federal spending, and, madam president, i ask consent that letter be made part of the record. the p
CSPAN
Nov 28, 2012 5:00pm EST
, congressman lamar smith of texas, and i worked on other parts so that we needed up with an improved bill. we had a modest expenditure of benefits for deserving emergency medical responders, wholesome reforms to make the benefit program stronger, more cost-effective and efficient. the most important thing, we had c.b.o., which initially had concern, reviewed it and found this cost nothing. what we're saying, mr. president, since 1974, this country has recognized we have first responders who are killed, disabled in the line of duty. this came from bipartisan legislation. it's always been joined in bipartisan legislation. you have a police officer who is shot in the line of duty. you have a first responder, a firefighter, e.m.s., others who are killed in the line of duty, die as a result of their work in the line of duty, that they would have -- share in the same benefits that we provided for the whole country. this just clarifies -- this clarifies it for all first responders. it is hard to think of anybody who could possibly disagree with it. it costs taxpayers nothing. it does what we've alwa
CSPAN
Nov 21, 2012 12:00pm EST
was going to make them weather was an eric said right or a howard k. smith, the people that ed murrell hired for people of substance, historians. writers. leaders, people who cared about history. and sometimes when i look at what passes for news on cable television, especially these days, i don't know where they find these people. [laughter] >> he cared a great deal about writing. one of the point you're making earlier about some things that you wanted to last for three, four, five days before it would actually get on the air, it had to be written, and written well. merl cared a great deal about style and the way in which you presented information. it was always for me -- >> interesting. and is going to interrupt you for a second. take a look at how awesome, when you're watching something being covered on cable television these days, and it requires great skill. i'm not denigrating it in any fashion, but notice how often was your hearing is just whatever comes off the top of the head of a man or woman who is reporting. take note of how rare it is for a script actually to be written. now, you
CSPAN
Nov 21, 2012 9:00am EST
and republican strategist steve smith. that's and university of delaware and starts at 8 p.m. eastern. here on c-span2, author mark friedman talks about how more baby boomers are entering into a second careers. he's the author of the big shi shift. that's also at 8 p.m. eastern. >> ahead of the federal communications commission, julius genachowski, spoke yesterday about international telecommunications policy. chairman genachowski's remarks are about one hour. >> good afternoon. thanks for joining the conversation with fcc chairman genachowski. just some quick introductory marks, sort of normal rules of the game them sure you are all familiar with. welcome to our meeting today at the council on foreign relations. plump lately turn off your cell phones, blackberries and all wireless devices to avoid intervention with the sound system and as a reminder, this meeting is on the record. i'm very excited to be here today, this perhaps the most anticipated cfr event as much as the new james bond movie, since we rescheduled a number times but i'm glad that chairman to join us today. just a quick introdu
CSPAN
Nov 26, 2012 12:00pm EST
, what about that jimmy stewart movie? "mr. smith goes to washington" i saw that movie. didn't that poor man have to stand at his desk and hold the senate floor until he crumbled in exhaustion? why don't we see that anymore? the honest answer is there was some artistic license in that movie and the more honest answer is we have reached the point now with the filibuster where one senator can stand up and object to what is about to occur in the senate, stop the senate from what they're doing for at least 30 hours until there's a vote to resume business. let me give you two examples of how this played out in my recent memory. it was only a couple years ago when we were closing a weekly session and a last-minute request was made to extend unemployment benefits to millions of americans. we thought we had an agreement. democrats and republicans, we were ready to leave town. the junior senator from kentucky, not the pleernd, senator bunning stood up and said i object. by saying i object, he stopped the payment of unemployment benefits to millions of americans. and at that point i came to the fl
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